Stanbic IBTC holds ‘Women in Tech’ event, calls for wider participation

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Stanbic IBTC Bank, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, has held the second edition of its ‘Women in Tech’ event.

The event celebrates female innovators in the Nigerian tech industry while enticing more women and young girls to pursue jobs in STEM fields (STEM). It advocates closing the gender gap and giving women and young girls the tools they need to take advantage of the opportunities the tech industry presents.

The event, themed; “Building a career in tech: break the glass ceiling”, was held on the Zoom virtual meeting platform. It had in attendance guest panelists from different tech-led careers, including Bisola Alabi, founder, Heels and Tech; Olatokunbo Ogunlade, System Engineer, Factorial HR; Ibifuro Apiafi, Manager, Entrepreneur Selection and Growth, Endeavor; and Moyinoluwa Aiyeniko, Software Developer, Stanbic IBTC Bank. The event was moderated by Vivian Obiajulu.

Bunmi Dayo-Olagunju, Executive Director, Client Solutions, Stanbic IBTC, said the event is one of the ways the organisation is supporting women to bridge the gender gap in the tech space. “With today’s conversation, we will attempt to debunk those myths that have become obstacles to us women fulfilling our potentials in the tech world.”

She said, “Despite the advancement in technology globally, studies have shown that women only account for about 30 percent of professionals in the field. More women in the tech space means the reduction of inequalities, leading to a more gender-balanced society and an increase in technological innovation, productivity, and job creation. All these will give a boost to our economy and Stanbic IBTC is ever ready to support and encourage women, and young girls, to take up careers in technology.”

According to Bunmi, when given the right support, women have shown the ability to outperform expectations in a variety of fields, including technology.

While offering its clients top-notch, cutting-edge services, Stanbic IBTC is dedicated to the advancement of a gender-balanced society.

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